Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Crystal Palace (which for a couple of years had a developmental team here in Maryland, which unfortunately failed in a rather ugly fashion) plays in the division below the Premier League. The leagues are kind of fun; every season the bottom teams in the Premier League get relegated to the lower division, and the top teams in the lower division move up.
So Crystal Palace beating Man U. is kinda like a Division 1-AA football team beating Alabama this year. Really unlikely, even if Man U. used its reserves and not its experienced vets in a Carling Cup quarterfinal.
And that's what they did, aided by an ESPN Top 10 Highlight goal.
Match report from the Telegraph UK
Coffee-Drinking Provides Raw Sewage Red Flag
All of which is rather gross, but darn good science. I think I'll brew another pot and then produce some biomarker.
OK, she's fit. Strange and provocatively creative as well, but clearly all that dancing is keeping her fit.
If the craters look like bumps, the small crater at mid-left seems to revert back to a crater easier than the others. And that's the weird thing about this illusion; when one bump switches back to looking like a crater, all of them do. The mind is a wonderful thing, isn't it?
Here's a couple of mentions about the illusion:
Lunar craters inverting illusion
A lunar illusion you'll flip over
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Did sex with humans make Neanderthals extinct?
So let's think about this for a moment. I found this cutie searching for "Neanderthal woman reconstruction":
Well, if I'd drunk enough fermented milk, maybe.
On the other hand, I also found this:
Now, this is very likely Cro-Magnon, not Neanderthal. Actually, it's Homo sapiens camillabellensis, and a very comely specimen, indeed (from the movie 10,000 BC)
Here's the modern-era Camilla:
OK, considering that I've got an eye for the modern Cro-Magnon beauty, do we really mind that our forebears screwed the Neanderthals (genetically speaking, of course)?
Since discovering that the truly lovelicious Lindsay Price was pregnant, with the child sired by celebrity chef and Aussie Curtis Stone, I have of course been awaiting news of the birth with much anticipation. Well, she welped a male, according to Wonderwall, and I'm sure lots of other sites by now.
Best of luck to the new family and especially the wee tot.
Lindsay Price and Curtis Stone welcome a baby boy
One of the most odious and irresponsible op-ed columns I have ever read in the Washington Post -- apparently this is standard modus operandi from Mr. Thiessen. The Bush tax cuts are a major reason for the debt quandary / morass that the country finds itself in now. Any plan that cemented their permanence was not a sound, negotiable plan. The only reason for the Toomey plan was to save face, and likely also to cover a half-dozen Republican congressional hindquarters from podiatric retribution by the voters. The laughable attempts by punditry to point fingers of blame in anything but the direction of self, where it rightly belongs, would be comic theater were it not for the impact that they have on those who cannot have their minds affected by reason and logic.If you'd like to pollute your higher reasoning processes with this massive block of illogic, have fun:
The Supercommitee's 13th member -- Occupy Wall Street
Monday, November 28, 2011
Anne Hathaway engaged to Adam Shulman
* One of the reasons for her striking attractiveness while in the buff is the length of her back, which precedes a very lovely behind. I can demonstrate that tastefully:
If you want to just see Anne nude, finding stills (and probably videos) from the movie is not hard to do. But staying calm while viewing is harder to do. If I keep using the word "hard", you'll eventually figure out what I mean.
Brinicle, icicle of death:
North Anna Power Station, Virginia Nuclear Plant, Back At Full Power After August Earthquake
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Call them Cassandras, but those that say resources are eventually going to reach their finite limits are likely right. There are limits to how much food we can produce from this Earth. And I sure don't want to be eating gourmet Soylent Orange and Soylent Green.
Agriculture needs massive investment to avoid hunger, scientists warn
"Agriculture has been neglected in international climate change negotiations, but if governments persist in ignoring the problem then millions are likely to go hungry, according to a new report published on Wednesday morning, before the next round of negotiations in South Africa later this month."
Links in the above paragraph are courtesy of the Guardian (the British newspaper).
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
IEA report advises nations to embrace renewables and nuclear
"The grim reality for environmentalists is that no single renewable energy resource, from wind power to solar energy through biofuels, has remotely become competitive with kilowatt hours of electrical energy generated by coal or oil-fired power plants. The debate pits those opposed to a transition to greener technologies to those considering the bottom line, despite greenhouse gas emissions.
Even worse for the environmentalists, the IEA report advocates that as a short-term solution, governments ought to reconsider nuclear power, as it produces zero CO2 emissions.
Projecting into the future the report notes, "A low-nuclear future would also boost demand for fossil fuels: the increase in global coal demand is equal to twice the level of Australia's current steam coal exports and the rise in gas demand is equivalent to two-thirds of Russia's current natural gas exports."
WHICH is why I am so steamed/peeved/frustrated by climate change skeptics. Were the urgency of climate change properly recognized, the logical path forward (which surprisingly is being recognized by oil-rich Middle East countries who are financing their future with oil money to build NUCLEAR REACTORS), then the nuclear industry would be seen as the way forward for security and civilization. The Fukushima disaster only made things worse, forcing otherwise level-headed countries like Switzerland to back away from nuclear. As their glaciers melt faster and faster, they may rethink that stance, but by then it may be too late. The IEA report should be heeded as prudent and reflective of the actual situation, and we collectively as individuals and countries will ignore it our peril, and particularly the peril to future human generations and the increasingly fragile remnants of the natural environment.
More about the warming aspect:
"The second consideration is the contentious issue of global warming, and the impact of traditional fossil fuel-fired power plants belching vast amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere.
While even the most diehard proponents of traditional power plant electrical generation to not deny that their facilities emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide, they denigrate the concerns of environmentalists as 'fuzzy science."
So, at the end of the day, the two fundamental issues facing the world's nations seeking to satiate their population's demand for reliable and inexpensive power devolve down to cost and scientific projections."
Has global warming become a campaign issue? : Why blocking the Keystone pipeline could help Obama and denying climate change will hurt Romney
"Still, scientific studies only reach a certain audience. Weird weather is a far more powerful messenger. It’s been hard to miss the record flooding along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and across the Northeast; the record drought and fires across the Southwest; the record multi-billion dollar weather disasters across the country this year; the record pretty-much everything-you-don’t-want across the nation. Obama certainly noticed. He’s responsible for finding the cash every time some other state submerges."
And then there's Romney:
"In late October, however, he evidently felt he had no choice but to pin himself to exactly that wall and so stated conclusively: “My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet.” In other words, he not only flip-flopped to the side of climate denial, but did so less than six months after he had said no less definitively: “I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world’s getting warmer… And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that.” Note as well that he did so, while all the evidence, even some recently funded by the deniers, pointed the other way. If he becomes the Republican presidential candidate as expected, this may be the most powerful weathervane ad the White House will have in its arsenal. Even for people who don’t care about climate change, it makes him look like the spinally challenged fellow he seems to be. But it’s an ad that couldn’t be run if the president had okayed that pipeline."
Go, Mitt, Go!
Monday, November 14, 2011
On supercommittee, growing doubts about reaching a debt deal
Now, yes there are doubts. And I doubt there going to get it done, whereupon Wall Street will tank, and approximately $1 trillion dollars in paper losses later, the idiots in Congress (meaning the GOP) are going to look up from the damage of the catastrophe and ask, "Whuh the f*** happened, Vern?" Well, one of the main problems is the no-win attitude exuding like slime from think- (using that word VERY loosely) tanks like the Cato Institute of GOP Brainless Pundits. So, I ask, regarding the following, THIS is BAD?
Conservative analysts were stunned by the GOP decision to retreat from its hard-line stance against raising taxes above current levels. “I actually think the Republicans appear to be caving,” said Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. “There’s more of a likelihood of a deal today than there was a week ago.”Because he's a partisan think-tank hack, Tanner uses the word "caving". I think there's a better phrase that can be used: "coming to a sensible bargaining position". So let's see how that sounds now:
Conservative analysts were stunned by the GOP decision to retreat from its hard-line stance against raising taxes above current levels. "I actually think the Republicans appear to be coming to a sensible bargaining position," said Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. "There's more of a likelihood of a deal today than there was a week ago."See how much better that sounds? It even sounds good FOR THE REPUBLICANS. Now, I obviously have no love for the Republican horde in Congress, but coming to a deal is good for all of us, including them, much as I would hate for anything to help them. Next:
"The GOP offer would reduce many lucrative tax breaks for upper-income households. But it would dedicate only a small portion of the proceeds to deficit reduction. In that regard, Robert Greenstein and Jim Horney of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities argue that the GOP plan “appears designed to heighten the chances” that future rounds of deficit reduction “will focus almost entirely on spending cuts” — ultimately forcing lawmakers to decimate Medicare and Social Security."And that would very likely be BAD for Republicans. I am so torn.
NRC approves North Anna restart "The NRC’s independent actions included an Augmented Inspection Team (AIT) that examined the plant shortly after the quake, as well as a restart readiness inspection in mid-October. Both Dominion and NRC’s results showed only minor damage that did not affect North Anna’s safety systems." One thing we know now for sure -- it was built good.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Analyzing England's friendly win over Spain
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Science controversies past and present
He won't have the GUTS to post it.
I recommended this quote from the article to him:
So Marc Morano is nothing new. His brand of pragmatic conservatism, of calling for harassment and demonization of legitimate scientists and legitimate scientific inquiry, is typical of a pattern. A pattern of reaction to that which cannot be comprehended or accepted.
Unfortunately, the rest of us are in the boat with the knuckleheads.
Further tests fail to detect salmon virus
The bad news: because they're so popular, bluefin tuna and marlin are on the fast track to extinction:
First global assessment finds highest-grossing tunas and billfishes most vulnerable to extinction
This is a quote:
"Regional fisheries managers set quotas for these ocean-crossing species, which all countries in each region must agree to enforce. However, the lucrative lure of supply and demand often outweighs playing by the rules. As fish populations decline, rarity adds to their price, which spurs increased—and sometimes illegal—fishing. “This means the last bluefin is worth more than the boat that’s caught it,” Collette says."
This good. (Thou shalt not covet... but Brad Paisley is not my neighbor!)
More here: (but unfortunately watermarks on the larger sizes, still you get the impression)
"A new study finds that Fox News tends to feature guests who doubt the reality of climate change and stories that dismiss the need for action, while CNN and MSNBC tend to feature guests who assert the reality of climate change and the need for action. Interestingly, however, Fox tends to devote more attention to the issue than either CNN or MSNBC."
and and and
"As their content analysis indicates, at CNN/MSNBC there is a strong one-sided outlook offered on climate change that is consistent with expert agreement but that also reflects the position of most Democratic elites. At Fox News, there is a similarly one-sided outlook that dismisses the problem, tends to reject expert views, and reflects the position of most Republican elites."
and and and
"As depicted in the figure below from the study, Republicans who are heavier viewers of Fox News are more doubtful of climate change than their lighter viewing counter-parts. This finding is consistent with past theorizing that Fox reinforces and strengthens the views of Republicans who are predisposed to be more dismissive of the issue.
Similarly, Democrats who watch Fox News appear to be somewhat resistant to the typically one-sided messages found at the cable network, processing the counter-attitudinal arguments in a way that defends their pre-existing beliefs and opinions on climate change."
Let's put it more simply: people who watch a lot of Fox News know sh*t about climate change.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Unbelievable! Flying in the face of corporate pressure (in this day of business uber alles), the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has approved a substantial reduction in the East Coast menhaden harvest.
And can I say -- it's about D*MN time. The state of Virginia and Omega Proteins, of course, did not approve. And seriously, I don't get that -- a significant increase in menhaden stocks would be good, if not great, for Omega Proteins. And it would also be good for fish, and fisheries, and farmed fish, etc. etc. etc. I just do not understand the mentality of commercial fishing operations that keep trying to fish out a stock until it is commercially unviable to do so, at which time the stock is in serious danger of crashing, if it hasn't already crashed.
Well, anyway, this is good news, provided the catch reductions actually catch on. Ha. I mean, get implemented and work. But the good news is: catch reductions, when imposed and followed, DO work. The recovery of the swordfish stock in the northwestern Atlantic demonstrated this.
Panel Votes to Reduce a Forage Fish Catch
Models breastfeeding? Model mommies talk
Of course it should be legal -- I'm just joshing wit ya. My point is, we come to think of the breasts of supermodels as merely the most admirable aspects of their curvaceousness, used primarily for the accentuation of the visual and sensual appeal of the garments they are wearing (particularly lingerie, when it comes to the Victoria's Secret lovelies) --- but those glands stuffed with fat cells and featuring milk ducts actually have a physiological function! Whoulda thunk it? And thanks to the mommies that use them as nature intended. And if they look good to boot, that's a bonus.
Republicans: Super Committee Remarks By Chuck Schumer Are Proof Obama Wants It To Fail
"A recent Quinnipiac University poll found Americans would be more likely to blame the GOP if the super committee fails, by 46 to 36 percent, although the poll also found that voters favor spending cuts over tax hikes." [I think the latter point is ridiculously unsurprising.]
"Last I saw, Sen. Schumer was not on the super committee. I think all three of the Senate Republicans are working really hard to make it work," said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). "I think my side is increasingly concerned that the other side's decided it's strategically to their advantage for it not to work."
Awhile back when the supercommittee was just getting started, I wrote this post:
Is Boehner on the supercommittee or not?
And that quoted an article in the Washington Post, in which Boehner said:
"Tax increases must not be included as part of any bipartisan deal to reduce the country’s debt, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is expected to say Thursday afternoon in remarks before the Economic Club of Washington."
Now, from the horse's ass, errrr, mouth:
"Tax reform should deal with the whole tax code, both the personal side and the corporate side, and it should result in a code that is simpler and fairer to everyone.
Tax increases, however, are not a viable option for the Joint Committee.
It’s a very simple equation. Tax increases destroy jobs. And the Joint Committee is a jobs committee. Its mission is to reduce the deficit that is threatening job creation in our country."
[Actually, I thought it was a budget committee that was supposed to find at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction. But that's just what I read.]
Further down, the ass, I mean Speaker, said:
"When it comes to producing savings to reach its $1.5 trillion deficit reduction target, the Joint Select Committee has only one option: spending cuts and entitlement reform."So here in September is the Speaker telling the supercommittee what it can and cannot do. And when they finally float their "tax reform" plan, it lowers the highest bracket tax rate and makes the Bush tax cuts -- what got us started on this unsustainable road in the first place -- permanent. That alone adds $3 TRILLION to the debt by 2020; and the savings in their "plan" don't recoup this by half.
Now, let's hear briefly from Mark Warner, who knows a thing or three about balancing budgets that conservative Republicans -- i.e., governor Dummhead, Jim Gilmore -- have unbalanced.
"Unless we are willing to put entitlement reform and tax reform that raises revenues into the mix, we're not going to do the job that we were hired to do."
And he also said:
"We're looking at a ratio of about $3 in cuts for every additional dollar in revenues. And the revenues we're talking about literally are coming from lower rates, where we can lower our rates on individual and on corporate rates back to where they're much more competitive on a worldwide basis. But we're getting rid of a number of the tax expenditures.
I mean, a fact that I'm not sure most Americans realize -- we collect about $1 trillion a year in income taxes, yet we have $1.2 trillion a year in income tax expenditures, deductions, many of them that are popular, charitable deduction, home mortgage deduction. If we would cut back on some of those, we could actually lower rates and still increase revenues."Final statement: if you restrict the range of potential solutions to a problem, then that is a recipe for failure, because it could leave out the solutions that might actually work. If that type of solution is blocked for reasons of ideological purity, then the fingers of blame are pointing right at the GOP for causing the supercomittee to fail. And then we ALL pay the price of failure.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
"Do-Nothing Republican Congress" Could Sink GOP In 2012
"McConnell, and his House counterpart, John Boehner, don't lose a wink of sleep over concerns that their intransigence harms the economic prospects of everyday Americans. In their view, the worse the economy gets, the more likely the voters will be to boot President Obama out of the Oval Office.
But a good case can be made that these guys will end up being too clever by half -- that in fact they are providing fuel for precisely the argument that could defeat them in 2012."
"In the deliberations of the "Super Committee," Republicans have been completely unwilling to give on the fundamental question of whether millionaires should be asked to pay to put America's economic house in order. The view of the Republican leadership is that -- in addition to defeating President Obama -- their principal mission is to act as guard dogs for the exploding incomes of the top 1%."
"They will privatize Social Security, destroy Medicare, emasculate the labor movement, cut taxes further for corporations and the wealthy. They will create new radical conservative facts on the ground that they hope will entrench conservative power for generations."
In short, the Republicans in Congress are putting self-interest before the good of the country. And that's the issue that will decide the election.
Florida Divers Capture 312 Invasive Lionfish During Lower Keys Derby
Kill the Lionfish! Kill the Lionfish! (Actually, kill it and eat it!)
NASA: We've discovered something completely new on the surface of Mars
Peaks in Caloris Basin
And four pictures from Opportunity's search for clay minerals near Endeavour Crater. They were looking for light-colored features. Looks like they found something.
Marama Vahirua Goal: Monaco Striker Juggles Ball & Scores Goal Against Le Mans (VIDEO)
Maryland Dam Trapping Harmful Sediment Poised To Harm Chesapeake Bay
"If the storage capacity is reached in about 20 years, as Langland predicted, at least 3 million tons of sediment would wash into the bay yearly, making matters far worse."
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Recent pictures from SOHO:
A few of the pictures are right in the "amazing" category.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Kelly Brook in a new sci-fi movie
Now, the picture below is not the outfit from the movie, but it's similar enough on the basics.
Fires in La Reunion
Fire ravages heart of La Reunion National Park
"A fire that broke out on 11 October 2010 in the Maïdo forest at La Reunion National Park on Réunion Island was the worst the area has seen in twenty years, with roughly 1,000 hectares of the Park affected. Key areas of endemic plants seem to be seriously affected as well as other key micro-habitats for biodiversity. Among wildlife, several rare species are under threat, according to a preliminary report submitted by the State Party."
A hectare is about 2.5 acres, in case you didn't know. (I didn't.)
I hope they extinguish these soon.
In case you were wondering:
"... a similar-sized object hitting Earth would result in a 4,000-megaton blast, magnitude 7.0 earthquate and, should it strike in the deep ocean, 70-foot-high tsunami waves 60 miles from the splashdown site."
But that's not all!
"For example, YU55 would strike with a velocity of 11 miles per second. Although it would begin to disintegrate as it passed through the atmosphere, the fragments would strike in a compact cluster that would blast out a crater 4 miles in diameter and 1,700 feet deep, Melosh said.
Sixty miles away from the impact site the heat from the fireball would cause extensive first-degree skin burns, the seismic shaking would knock down chimneys and the blast wave would shatter glass windows.
If YU55 were to strike a large city like Chicago, it would obliterate the entire city and leave few survivors."
So, there's no danger, right?"What is unique about this asteroid flyby is that we were aware of it well in advance," Melosh said. "Before about 1980 we wouldn't know about an asteroid of this size until it was already making a close pass, but now it is unlikely that such an asteroid will approach the Earth without our knowledge."
I sure hope he's right about that.
You gotta admit, it's a good idea. Whereas some evangelical Christians are entirely alright with electing a heretic cult member, because their social goals (criminalizing homosexuality, criminalizing abortion, making women 2nd class citizens, jailing teenagers for having sex, things like that) are the same.
We'll see. I rather think that the idea of making the main issue about Romney, if he is the candidate, his outrageous amount of money rather than his religion. I'm OK with that. However, it's still my theory that the Great White Dope, Rick Perry, will make a "surprising" comeback and become the GOP Prez candidate. Herman Cain's peccadilloes just make me feel more comfortable with my fear that the Most Dangerous Man in America will indeed be running against Obama next summer.
"The major networks are heavily invested in Barack Obama's reelection," said Richard Land, a leader with the Southern Baptist Convention who heads its ethics and religious liberty commission.
"And they're all going to run detailed specials, now that we have the first Mormon nominee for president: 'What does the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe?' And they're going to go into all the beliefs of Mormonism, hoping to scare the 40 percent of independents who make up the decisive vote in the electorate to not vote for someone who believes such things."
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, agreed.
"I think the media, and the American public via the media, will know all they want to know about Mormonism," Perkins said. "I think the left-leaning media that is sympathetic to the president will try to drive a wedge deeper between him and social conservatives."
Chuck Colson, a former Nixon White House official who went to prison for his role in the Watergate scandal and is now head of Prison Fellowship Ministries, wrote on Oct. 17: "Is the Mormon faith Christian? No. It is not. There are significant and un-reconciled doctrinal differences between Mormonism and Christianity, like the sole sufficiency of Christ and the exclusivity of the Bible."
"Having said that, there may be no other group of people I appreciate more as co-belligerents than the Mormons," Colson said. "They are stalwarts on life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty issues."
So -- did you think I was kidding about that stuff highlighted in yellow up above? No, I wasn't.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Some of my previous work on menhaden:
One of the craziest ideas ever -- and it just might work
So much for that idea
Why isn't the Chesapeake Bay a national park?
As for the current news:
A lot of the pressure to stop menhaden overfishing will be on the state of Virginia, currently led by Governor "Caveman" Bob McDonnell, to reign in the Omega Proteins plant in Reedsville and allow the fishery to recover for the good of all involved, INCLUDING THE EMPLOYEES OF THE PLANT IN REEDSVILLE! Sorry to shout, but overfishing really makes no sense and ticks me off, too.
The good news is that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), which manages the fishery, is poised to take historic steps to restore this valuable species. When the ASMFC meets next week in Boston from November 7-10, it will consider the many ways menhaden are used: for commercial products such as omega 3 fatty acid pills and factory farm feed; as bait for commercial and recreational fishermen, who target larger fish; and, most importantly, as a pillar of the East Coast marine food web.
To answer this public outcry and save this small but important fish, the commission should embrace the strongest rebuilding goal on the table: a fourfold increase in the population. By doing so, the ASMFC would follow the best scientific advice for managing key prey species such as menhaden. Delaying decisions or maintaining the status quo—another option still on the table—is not scientifically or ecologically defensible.
Commercial fishing should not jeopardize the health of marine ecosystems, recreational fishing opportunities, or public resources. As with other fisheries, we need to focus on sustainability and provide everyone on the Atlantic coast with ample fish, both big and small.
In another short-sighted move by a liberal European country, Belgium thinks that it can get to the future without nuclear power. I wish them luck and expect that they're going to have considerable problems with that plan. So also does the utility that runs the reactors that are going to get shut down.
"Already a net importer of electricity, Belgium could become increasingly dependent on its neighbours, increase its carbon footprint by replacing nuclear with thermal energy, and be forced to considerably hike the price of electricity for consumers.
"On a question such as this which is fundamental to the national economy, it is essential that clear decisions be taken and communicated," it [Electrabel, subsidiary of GDF-Suez] said."
The idiocy continues. But better news is around:
Czechs open tender for new reactors at Temelin plant
The Czechs have got it right. Use nuclear in the national energy mix to achieve future advancement in the nation's society and security.
Very few articles findable on this. It doesn't sound good. Actually, it never does sound good when valuable and unique ecosystems are threatened with immolation. La Reunion is a beautiful island, with a volcano, somewhat akin to Hawaii, with a burgeoning population. Since island ecosystems are usually unique, any loss to them hurts the worldwide biodiversity pool.
Herewith my own personal summary of the affair at current (and noting that there is not a bowl big enough to hold all the popcorn necessary to watch THIS show):
1. Muller/BEST goes preliminarily public with their results, ostensibly indicating that the basic surface temperature records from other groups are correct.
2. Muller writes a Wall Street Journal op-ed stating the basics, that it appears his work has established that the surface temperature records are basically correct. He shows a graph of increasing temperatures over many decades. Climate change skeptics everywhere are apoplectic; Marc Morano at ClimateDepot has a severe attack of dyspepsia. Anthony Watts is very disappointed in Dr. Muller for going public with a result that shows his work and investment of years to be shameful and shamful. Watts searches for reasons to disavow his previous pledge to accept the BEST results, whatever they might be.
3. Judith Curry and others point out that Muller's graph doesn't show that the first decade of the 20th century, if a trend is to be plotted from peak to peak, doesn't show a warming trend (even though the compendium of warm years in the decade make it the warmest ever, indicating the warming is still occurring.)
4. Curry is widely touted, at least by climate skeptic-friendly journalists, as definitely criticizing the Muller/BEST results and showing that they aren't worth the disks they are recorded on.
5. Then Curry has a sit-down with Muller and tends to recant, crediting that BEST may have done a good job, had some reasons re the IPCC process to get the word out, and she feels that Muller is dedicated to getting it right.
6. Climate skeptics globally attack, beg, cajole, plead, and otherwise comment on Curry's blog that she's wrong; Muller is a liar, fake, charlatan, flim-flam artist, con man, two-timing weasel, no good down-hearted hound dog; please see reason and kick the guy's ass; Anthony Watts is God and Steve McIntyre is his prophet; Muller should have done what good scientists do and wait for peer review even though skeptics can tout erroneous and misguided back-of-the-envelope calculations as True Writ and get them echoed by climate skeptic blogs around the world; Al Gore is still fat; MARS IS STILL WARMING, BY JOVE! ; the BEST results can't be right because global warming isn't happening; a climate skeptic can either say it isn't warming at all or that man isn't primarily causing it and be right either way; or just "please see it our way again".
What is really astonishing is the level of corrosive vitriol directed at Dr. Curry just because she said some reasonable things. The number of people convinced and offended that she's been seduced is amazing. Well, I guess if you think a pretty girl is going to marry you you're pretty
happy, and then when she leaves you at the altar and takes off with a more handsome guy, you're likely to be really, really, really angry. (Hey, I would be.) And that's how it is with a lot of these folks now.
Finally, my summary regarding the ongoing drama of Judith Curry's life:
When you dance with the devil, it's hard not to get burned.
I just realized that despite the rain-foresty environment of Pandora, characterized by a) lush, BIG vegetation; b) waterfalls dripping off of floating mountains [see above]; c) natives wearing hardly any clothes (yes, the Na'Vi were nearly naked); and d) a lot of water in the ecosystem (remember the river Jake jumped into to escape the Thanator) -- that I don't recall a single scene in which it was actually raining. Now, arguably this would have been hard to do in the outdoor action scenes and look realistic, even though Avatar's CGI was pretty amazing -- but it wouldn't have been hard to do, like when the drivers are in the mobile lab, they could have heard raindrops
pounding on the outside of the lab and water pouring down the windows one night. Now, it could also be covered up by saying that this region of Pandora has wet and dry seasons, and that the action only took place during the dry season (mining operations and logging could get very bogged down in heavy rains, so this is plausible), but there was never any allusion to that type of seasonality.
Also, it was very sunny a lot of the time. That's not very realistic in a rainy and foggy and cloudy and misty rain forest environment.
So this could be an oversight in Cameron's vision. I did a little Google searching and there doesn't appear to be any mention or discussion of this issue. Maybe I should email him.
Former beauty pageant queen turned Playboy playmate Lindsey Gayle Evans recently finished a relationship with electronic music artiste deadmau5, after a short retry. After seeing this Halloween costume, I don't think she'll have any trouble at all acquiring a new boyfriend at whatever point she decides that she wants one.
There were probably a few applicants at the Halloween party she wore this to, I reckon.
I posted abstracts to the three Science articles about Lutetia a few posts ago. The linked article here gives a digestible precis of what was discovered.
In case you want to skip down to the bottom line, here it is:
The Rosetta data indicate that Lutetia is probably a primordial planetesimal, one of the building blocks from which the planets were born 4.5 billion years ago. Having survived numerous impacts, Lutetia can be regarded as an important missing link between smaller asteroids, which are often shattered rubble piles, and terrestrial planets such as Earth.
"This is a crucial step in understanding the asteroid belt," said Rita Schulz, ESA's Rosetta Project Scientist. "Having seen several members of the belt in the past that were all different in their own ways, we have now found a large and rather primordial body. Clearly, there is still much more to investigate before we understand the belt fully."